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Red Bud, Illinois In The Spotlight Over Mega Millions Winning Ticket

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Denise Metzger, left, talks with patrons of the MotoMart convenience store she manages in Red Bud, Ill., on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The store was among three businesses in three states that sold a winning ticket in Friday night's $640 million Mega Millions drawing.(AP Photo/Jim Suhr) | AP

An Illinois farm town with a population of 3,700 finds itself newly on the map after one of three winning Multi Million tickets was sold out at a convenience store there.

A MotoMart in Red Bud, located some 30 miles southeast of St. Louis in southwestern Illinois, was where one of the tickets for the largest-ever lottery was sold. Store manager Denise Metzger told the Associated Press that "I'm sure there's not one person in this town that couldn't use the money."

"It's just unbelievable. Everyone is wanting to know who it is," Metzger told the AP. "All day yesterday, I was selling tickets and I was hoping someone from Red Bud would win."

The St. Louis Dispatch notes that the convenience store will also receive $500,000 for selling the winning "quick picks" ticket.

The local holder of the ticket, worth $213,333,333 before taxes, has yet to come forward as of Sunday. The other jackpot-sharing tickets were sold in Maryland and Kansas.

While nowhere near the payout of the grand prize, one individual either from or passing through Chicago successfully marched five of five Mega Millions numbers as well as the Megaplier and will collect $1 million. That ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven, 1750 W. Foster Ave., on the cusp of Chicago's Lincoln Square and Edgewater neighborhoods, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Further, five additional tickets with winnings worth $250,000 were sold in the Chicago area, according to the Sun-Times.

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